NEW YORK— October 6, 2020—Morgan James’ new release, Newark Minutemen by Leslie K. Barry, is based on the incredible true story from the 1930s about a Jewish boxer who goes undercover for the mob and FBI to fight fascism in New Jersey during the Great Depression. It was a time when America remained complacent as Hitler spread racial hatred in Europe, and his fanatics could brashly goose-step down American streets waving twin Swastika and US flags, led by Fuhrer Fritz Kuhn. The Newark Minutemen were a militia of Jewish mafia boxers who rose up to fight this American Nazi shadow party and, perhaps the greatest enemy of all, American complacency against this looming evil.
The novel is based on the real-life experiences of author Leslie K. Barry’s uncle, a Newark Minuteman boxer. The story was pieced together from first-hand accounts from Barry’s 93-year old mother and her cousin, FBI reports, boxes of undercover source material and years of research. Barry then pits a star-crossed love affair over the setting to create a story of conflict and courage.